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Back to School, With a Supernatural Twist

Not many of us are excited to go back to school, but if you need a way to make the back to school time of year a little more enjoyable, then check out some of these novels that make school seem more exciting.  Let’s just say these are not your average schools…

zombiequeenZombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

YA ASHBY, A.

While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

greatterriblebeautyA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

avalonhighAvalon High by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

CrossMyHeartCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school in the world…for spies. The school hosts some mysterious guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the school’s top secret status, she and her friends face danger to clear Cammie’s name and learn the truth about Blackthorne.

jekelhydeJekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

YA FANTASKEY, B.

As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Hex HallHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate

YA KATE, L.

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

legaciesLegacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

YA LACKEY, M.

After her family is killed, Spirit White is taken to Oakhurst Academy, a combination orphanage and school for those with magical powers, where she and her new friends investigate when students start mysteriously disappearing.

Vampire AcademyVampire Academy by Richelle Mead

YA MEAD, R.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Book Trailer of the Week– Conversion by Katherine Howe

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Conversion by Katherine Howe.   Conversion is part medical mystery and inspired by the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen is in her final semester at St. Joan’s High School, and when some of her fellow classmates begin to fall to a mysterious illness, Colleen researches the similarities between what is happening at her school and what happened back during the Salem Witch Trials.  What Colleen discovers, however, may be more dangerous than her classmates cracking under the pressure of finals.  Click here to find Conversion in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 15, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, High School, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal

Reviews By You!

MatchedMatched by Ally Condie
YA CONDIE, A.
5 stars!! An awesome story! A dramatic tale about making your own choices, falling in love, and rebelling. All the while, telling yourself to always believe in what you think is right.
Review by Natalie

city of bonesCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
YA CLARE, C.
I thought this book was really good. It had a lot of twists that want you to keep reading. It also makes you want to read more about all of the characters to see what happens to them all.
Review by Micaela

BookThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
YA ZUSAK, M.
A wonderful book that describes a young girl’s relationship with her foster parents and a young Jewish man who hides in her home during World War II. Also, it is a fantastic book that anyone should have the time to read.
Review by Junghoo

All Unquiet ThingsAll Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
YA MY JARZAB, A.
A high school student attending Brighton Day was shot and killed. Everyone thought the case was closed but Neily and Audrey are not so sure. But what will the truth cost?
Review by Emma

House of HadesThe House of Hades by Rick Riordan
YA RIORDAN, R.
It’s a great book! It is very hard to try and stop reading. Rick Riordan, as usual, made us hungry for more, as Percy and his friends try to close the doors of death and stop Gaea from rising.
Reivew by Benjamin

WhenAudreyMetAliceWhen Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens
YA BEHRENS, R.
When Audrey Met Alice is a cleverly written book for people who like adventures and some suspense. Out of 5 stars, I would give it a 4.
Review by Marissa

WishWish by Joseph Monninger
YA MONNINGER, J.
Wish is about Bee and her brother’s vacation from the Blue Moon Foundation. Her brother, Tommy, has cystic fibrosis. This book should be read by anyone who loves sharks. Their vacation wasn’t really what they expected. You’ve got to read the book to find out what actually happens.
Review by Emily

messengerMessenger by Lois Lowry
YA SF LOWRY, L.
Messenger weaves the wonderful story of a boy finding his place in life. He must make a choice that will decide whether he lives or dies, and how his previously perfect home will be affected.
Review by Lisa

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
The finale to the Divergent series did not disappoint! It was a great book with an unexpected and wonderful ending. I seriously love the ending to this series and it was my favorite ending to any trilogy ever! 4.5 stars out of 5.
Review by Sarah

TigersQuestTiger’s Quest by Colleen Houck
YA HOUCK, C.
An awesome book! Everyone should read the whole series!
Review by Beetal

Reviews By You!

daughters break the rulesThe Daughters Break the Rules by Joanna Philbin
YA PHILBIN, J.
All in all, this book was a great summer read, and on my list of Top 15 books. I loved to read about the life of a famous person and Lizzie, Catrina, and Hudson’s journeys, and ability to stand up to their parents.
Review by Claire

if i ever get outIf I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric L. Gansworth
YA GANSWORTH, E.
This was a good book. At first, I thought it would be boring but it turned out to be interesting. It shows how people even today can discriminate against somebody if he/she is different.
Review by Ravi

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
I loved this book. It was really great. It was about Katniss and Peeta, and they had to go back to the arena because of the third quarter quell. At the end, Katniss gets taken back to district 13, but Peeta gets taken to the capitol because Katniss is the mockingjay.
Review by Zoe

AnimalFarmAnimal Farm by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
This book is an excellent easy read and fast read for middle-schoolers. It describes how an animal farm goes against their owner and begins to operate without humankind but some problems become visible. Read on to find out if the animals will be able to solve them.
Review by Karolina

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
It rips your heart out, slowly, then all at once. It proves the world is not a wish granting factory.
Review by Samantha

InsurgentInsurgent by Veronica Roth
YA ROTH, V.
Insurgent was an amazing book! It was action-packed, a book with murder and sabotage, a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was so intense it made me stay awake to the first hours of the morning. I can’t wait to read the sequel Allegiant.
Review by Antonios

WhenDadKilledWhen Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester
YA LESTER, J.
This book is told from the children’s points of view. It is about how they cope with their mom gone and their dad in jail. The ending was pretty shocking. It is where they piece together why the dad did what he did.
Review by Emily

EvermoreEvermore by Alyson Noel
YA NOEL, A.
It is very addictive. When I stop reading, I am dying to know what is going to happen. It is heartbreaking.
Review by Nehak

EveAdamEve & Adam by Michael Grant
YA SF GRANT, M.
This book was exciting from the first page. There is never a boring moment and the characters are interesting and relate-able. I could not put this book down. I would highly recommend it.
Review by Cassidy

19841984 by George Orwell
YA ORWELL, G.
4.9/5 After many years, I’ve read many classics. Many were dull and simply not worth reading. 1984 , however, is a true classic with a haunting message of epic social and political proportions. The only moment I felt bored was when the book was being read in the story. Otherwise, a scary world is masterfully designed that should warn the reader of any of the same happening now.
Review by Renzmark

FlawlessFlawless by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
A for Alison’s murderer? A for Alison? Or A for the Liars? Flawless is the second book in the Pretty Little Liars series. A knows all of the liars’ secrets and if they don’t do what A wants, their secrets will be out. The liars struggle to find out who killed Ali and who A is. A is closer than they think.
Review by Elizabeth

Reviews by You!

fault in our starsThe Fault in Our Stars by John Green
YA GREEN, J.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is one of the best books I’ve ever picked up! Although, it was a little slow in the beginning, it drew me in and kept me reading until the very last word.
Review by Brayden

CatchingFireCatching Fire by Suzanne Collins
YA COLLINS, S.
It was a great book. My favorite part is when they’re in the arena. The book had me reading while the rest of my family was asleep at night.
Review by Emmanuel

lyinggameThe Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
It might be a lie that I like this book or not, what do you think? It was unknown to Emma that she had a twin sister and now there was a video with her sister being murdered. Emma now has to be Sutton because nobody believes Sutton’s dead. Can Emma put the pieces together or not?
Review by Elizabeth

Red scarf girlRed Scarf Girl by Ji-li Jiang
YA 951.056 JIA
It’s a sort of autobiography about Jiang’s life during the cultural revolution in China. It was very interesting and well written. Highly recommend.
Review by Merrily

KidsofKabulKids of Kabul by Deborah Ellis
YA 305.235 ELL
I found this book amazing. The author, Deborah Ellis, interviews kids about how they live through a never ending war in Afghanistan. The kids’ stories are phenomenal.
Review by Paula

passionPassion by Lauren Kate
YA KATE, L.
In this story, Luce decides to travel to her past lives to see what went wrong and if she can break the curse between herself and her boyfriend, Daniel.
Review by Neela

bombBomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
YA 623.4511 SHE
I loved this book so much! It was action packed, surprising, and a cliffhanger. The nonfiction book was packed with info about World War II, and it was written so well! I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in World War II. I loved it!
Review by Adam

AnythingtoHaveYouAnything to Have You by Paige Harbison
YA HARBISON, P.
Natalie and Brooke are best friends and when Aiden comes to town, Natalie calls dibs, but Brooke ignores it and starts dating Aiden even though she knows how Natalie feels. Fast forward two years to a party with too much alcohol and Natalie wakes up next to Aiden and can’t remember anything, all she knows is she had sex, but with who?
Review by Paige

MadmansDaughterThe Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
YA SF SHEPHERD, M.
A disturbing concept, yet fun to follow, with tons of romance. This book was thrilling, horror-filled, and just disturbing. With a twist at the end that I would have never imagined, this was a book that had me read it in one go. 4 out of 5 stars.
Review by Sarah

strangebeautifulsorrowsThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye J. Walton
YA WALTON, L.
This book certainly lives up to its title, being both strange and beautiful. With its lyrical writing and emotional twists and turns, this book is easily the best one I’ve read all year and a book I’d recommend to anyone.
Review by Caitlin

Good Listens for This Summer–Teen Audiobooks Everyone Will Love!

Whether you are going on a long road trip, hanging out in your own cool air conditioned space, or laying beach-side or by the pool– check out some of these audiobooks that are a sure bet to be a good listen no matter if you are an avid audiobook listener, new to the listening scene, or need an audio that will appeal to teens and adults to listen to together.

LifeAsWeKnewItAudioLife As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

YA BOOK CD SF PFEFFER, S.

When a meteor hits the moon, Miranda must learn to survive the unimaginable. Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world. 7 CDs.

angelexperimentaudioThe Angel Experiment by James Patterson

YA BOOK CD PATTERSON, J.

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “birdkids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose. 8 CDs.

WhiteCatAudioWhite Cat by Holly Black

YA BOOK CD BLACK, H.

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. But not Cassel. He has carefully built up a facade of normalcy. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat. 6 CDs.

HeistSocietyAudioHeist Society by Ally Carter

YA BOOK CD CARTER, A.

Born into a family of con artists and thieves, 15-year-old Katarina Bishop plans a con of her own–scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected. 5 CDs.

CinderAudioCinder by Marissa Meyer

YA BOOK CD SF MEYER, M.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. 8 CDs.

ScorpioRacesAudioThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

YA BOOK CD STIEFVATER, M.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. 10 CDs.

WatchAudioThe Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic by Allan Wolf

YA BOOK CD WOLF, A.

Recreates the 1912 sinking of the Titanic as observed by millionaire John Jacob Astor, a beautiful young Lebanese refugee finding first love, “Unsinkable” Molly Brown, Captain Smith, and others including the iceberg itself. 9 CDs.

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA BOOK CD NIELSEN, J.

Sage was just a young orphan in the kingdom, until a nobleman by the name of Conner chose him to be part of a devious plan. With the kingdom on the brink of civil war, Conner needed something to unite the people, and he found that something in Sage. By making the boy pose as the long-lost son of the king, Conner hopes to use him as a way to avert war. But Sage begins to suspect that Conner’s plans may involve more than he is letting on. 7 CDs.

dodgerDodger by Terry Pratchett

YA BOOK CD PRATCHETT, T.

History and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking tale of adventure and mystery, unexpected coming-of-age, and one remarkable boy’s rise in a complex and fascinating world. 9CDs.

ConfessionsAudioConfessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson

YA BOOK CD PATTERSON, J.

Tandy Angel is, along with her brothers, a suspect in their parents’ murder but having grown up under Malcolm and Maud Angel’s perfectionist demands, Tandy decides she must clear the family name no matter what. 5 CDs.

codenameaudioCode Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA BOOK CD WEIN, E.

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can. 9 CDs.

BombAudioBomb: the race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin

YA BOOK CD 623.4511 SHE

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos. 6 CDs.

teamhumanaudioTeam Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan

YA BOOK CD LARBALESTIER, J.

Residing in New Whitby, Maine, a town founded by vampires trying to escape persecution, Mel finds her negative attitudes challenged when her best friend falls in love with one, another friend’s father runs off with one, and she herself is attracted to someone who tries to pass himself off as one. 7 CDs.

crap kingdomCrap Kingdom by D. C. Pierson

YA BOOK CD PIERSON, D.

Tenth-grader Tom Parking’s dream of being swept away to a fantasy land where he becomes a hero nearly comes true when he finds himself the Chosen One of a nameless world, the most annoying, least “cool” place in the universe. 7 CDs.

WARPAudioThe Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

YA BOOK CD SF COLFER, E.

In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever. 8 CDs.

 etiquette espionage ausioEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA BOOK CD CARRIGER, G.

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage. 8 CDs.

 

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Book Trailer of the Week– The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton.  Ava is seemingly an ordinary girl, except for the fact that she was born with wings.  Ava narrates her search to try and figure out her life by looking back at the generations of her family–most of whom failed miserably in love.  Part coming of age, part supernatural, and part historical fiction this novel unfolds until the very last page to tell the story of how Ava discovers the truth about her life.  Click here to find The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender in the Library!

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on April 25, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Supernatural/Paranormal

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Nominees Announced today!

Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day!  In honor of this awesome day the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released the nominees for Teens’ Top Ten. To learn more about what goes into selecting the Teens’ Top Ten titles, click here.  The Top Ten will be announced the week after Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014).  If you want to try and read all 25 nominees before the Top Ten are announced, check out the list below!

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The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Of Triton by Anna Banks

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Love In The Time Of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

TestingEye of Mindsearth girlclockwork scarab

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Earth Girl by Janet Edwards

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Maybe I WillGirl who was supopsed to dieSplinteredTeardrop

Maybe I Will by Laurie Gray

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die by April Henry

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Teardrop by Lauren Kate

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 Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

 Monument 14: Sky On Fire by Emmy Laybourne

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This song will save your lifeSteelheartRithmatistThis is What Happy Looks Like

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

WingerMidsummer night screamBetween the devil and the deep blue seaIn the Shadow of Blackbirds5th Wave

Winger by Andrew Smith

A Midsummer Night’s Scream by R.L. Stine

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Tucholke

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Strong Female Characters in Teen Lit!

March is Women’s History Month. If you’re looking to celebrate by reading a teen novel with a strong female lead, then check out this list!

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Enclave by Ann Aguirre

YA AGUIRRE, A.

In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong–and dangerous.

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

YA BLOCK, F.

After a devastating earthquake destroys the West Coast, causing seventeen-year-old Penelope to lose her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother, she navigates a dark world, holding hope and love in her hands and refusing to be defeated.

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

YA CASHORE, K.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

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The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth

YA DANFORTH, L.

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

YA JORDAN, S.

When sixteen-year-old Jacinda, who can change into a dragon, is forced to move away from her community of shapeshifters and start a more normal life, she falls in love with a boy who proves to be her most dangerous enemy.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

YA LAFEVERS, R.

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.

Huntress by Malinda Lo

YA LO, M.

Seventeen-year-olds Kaede and Taisin are called to go on a dangerous and unprecedented journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen, in an effort to restore the balance of nature in the human world.

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

YA MEAD, R.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

YA MOULTON, C.

A seventeen-year-old girl discovers she has the reincarnated soul of an ancient warrior destined to battle the reapers–monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

YA ROTH, V.

In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow

YA ST. CROW, L.

Sixteen-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend, and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.

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Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

YA SCHREIBER, J.

Perry’s parents insist that he take Gobi, their quiet, Lithuanian exchange student, to senior prom but after an incident at the dance he learns that Gobi is actually a trained assassin who needs him as a henchman, behind the wheel of his father’s precious Jaguar, on a mission in Manhattan.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

YA SEPETYS, R.

Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

YA STIEFVATER, M.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

YA TAYLOR, L.

Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters–the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

YA WEIN, E.

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

YA ZEVIN, G.

In a future where chocolate and caffeine are contraband, teenage cellphone use is illegal, and water and paper are carefully rationed, sixteen-year-old Anya Balanchine finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight as heir apparent to an important New York City crime family.

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

YA SF DE LA CRUZ, M.

More than a century after a catastrophic disaster wiped out most of humanity and covered much of the earth with ice, fifteen-year-old Cass yields to the voice in her head urging her to embark on a dangerous journey across a poisoned sea to the mythical land, Blue.

Legend by Marie Lu

YA SF LU, M.

In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

YA SF MEYER, M.

As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth

Pfeffer YA SF PFEFFER, S.

Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.

Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci

YA GRAPH CASTELLUCCI

When transfer student Jane is forced to move from the confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. The four girls form a secret art gang, but can art really save the hell that is high school? Young adult.

Enjoying the Olympics set in Sochi?

I love the Olympics!  I don’t know what it is, but I love watching top athletes compete in various sports that you usually can’t see on TV.  Another thing I like about the Olympics is that it usually introduces me to new information about the culture and customs of the host country.  While watching the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, I have really enjoyed learning more about modern-day Russia.  Though there is a checkered past to the country, the special looks by NBC have been pretty awesome.  (One of my favorites was the look at Siberia today.)

All of this got me thinking: there have to be some pretty good books for teens about Russia or that are set in Russia.  Check out the list I came up with below. Some are fiction and some are nonfiction.  Some are set in modern day and some are set in what was considered the darker times of Russia’s history.  Just click on the covers to find them in the Library!

boyonthebridgeThe Boy on the Bridge by Natalie Standiford

YA STANDIFORD, N.

It is 1982 and nineteen-year-old Laura Reid is spending a semester in Leningrad studying Russian, but when she meets Alyosha she discovers the dissident Russia–a world of wild parties, underground books and music, love, and constant danger.

I want to liveI Want to Live: the Diary of a Young Girl in Stalin’s Russia by Nina Lugovskaya; translated by Andrew Bromfield

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Recently unearthed in the archives of Stalin’s secret police, this diary offers rare insight into the life of a teenage girl in Stalin’s Russia, when fear of arrest was a fact of life. Nina’s diary offers today’s reader a fascinating perspective on the era in which she lived.

fetchThe Fetch by Laura Whitcomb

YA WHITCOMB, L.

After 350 years as a Fetch, or death escort, Calder breaks his vows and enters the body of Rasputin, whose spirit causes rebellion in the Land of Lost Souls while Calder struggles to convey Ana and Alexis, orphaned in the Russian Revolution, to Heaven.

LaikaLaika by Nick Abadzis

YA GRAPH ABADZIS, N.

This is the journey of Laika, the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler. With the blending of fact and fiction, this story intertwines three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life.

shadowandboneShadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

YA BARDUGO, L.

Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.

out of lineOut of Line: Growing Up Soviet by Tina Grimberg

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Although the Iron Curtain is gone, the memory of the high drama, tragedy, and comedy that was life in the Soviet Union remains. Tina Grimberg brings color and perception to a life we think of as gray, impersonal, and foreboding.

Between shades of grayBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
YA SEPETYS, R.

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author’s family, includes a historical note.

Anastasias SecretAnastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap

YA DUNLAP, S.

As world war and the looming Russian Revolution threaten all they hold dear, Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Czar Nicholas II, and her family are being held in captivity, where she falls in love with one of their captors, a young man who has espoused the ideals of Lenin.

 

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on February 20, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction, Romance